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(NEW) In Person Training – Releasing the Superwoman Schema in Black Women: From Role Self to Real Self

March 1 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (ET) $209, 6 Diversity CEUs (3 of the 6 credits meet the requirement for "anti-oppressive, social work practice content") Presenter: Wayne Evans, Ph.D. Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

If the hero’s journey is about the transformation of the self, the heroine’s journey is about the reclamation of the self; becoming self-possessed. For black women, the journey can be particularly perilous, as they navigate through the forces of both racism and sexism. In response, many black women have developed what’s called The Superwoman Schema (aka The Strong Black Woman). Sadly, the cost of this strategy can be exceedingly high in terms of physical health, emotional well-being and overall quality of life.

The purpose of this seminar will be to explore how these prescribed roles and inherited narratives can be questioned, modified or replaced. It will also seek to identify and implement more adaptive and sustainable sources of strength, support, wisdom and purpose.

* The material in this course meets the requirement for anti-oppressive, social work practice content.


Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

  • Defining the Superwoman Schema
  • Identify the cost and benefits of the Superwoman Schema
  • Exploring the differences between the Role Self and the Real Self
  • Using The Heroine’s Journey as pathway to more emotionally nourishing narratives
  • Learning how to move from over-functioning to flying the OODA (Observe Orient Decide Act) loop
  • Creating a revitalization cycle to offset the cumulative effects of stress
  • Identifying the rules of a writer’s room
  • Learn the three rules of storytelling
  • Learn the Two Types of Stories
  • The Use of Journaling as a Way of Recognizing the Role Self and Summoning the Real Self
  • Contending with Resistance


8:45 – 10:20 am

  • Examining The Origins of The Superwoman Schema

10:20 – 10:30 am       BREAK

10:25 – 12:00 pm

  • The Heroine’s Journey as a Path from Role Self to Real Self
  • Creating A Revitalization Cycle:  Restoring the Soul by Removing the Cape

12:00 – 1:00 pm         LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • Lessons from Shondaland: Transforming the Therapist’s Office into a Writer’s Room

2:30 – 2:40 pm            BREAK

2:40 – 4:15 pm

  • Recognizing the Role Self/Summoning the Real Self: Using Journal Prompts to Explore Character and Shape Story
  • Reflections on the Process/Crafting New Narratives
A Black woman, dressed in a superwoman costume, standing proud against a bright blue sky
Dr. Wayne was able to skillfully weave teaching strategies so successfully, from referencing comic books, graphic novels, movies, tv shows, biblical stories, personal stories, humor, songs/music. All of these teaching modalities helped drive home his points not just on an intellectual level, but also a visceral level. His optimism and refusal to reside in a "I'm trapped and so are you" mode was so hopeful and inspiring. – MaryAnn Niclas, LCSW-C

I liked Dr. Evans' passion for his topic, the handouts and journaling at the end; his ability to engage the room, with 5 of the 17 participants not being African American or brown skinned; his not shying away from anger in a very articulate participant; and his willingness to share out of his own life, practice, and his faith. – Sheila M. Ishii, MSW, LCSW-C

Dr. Evans was very personable, engaged in and encouraged dialogue. He was enthusiastic and offered so many good references to drive home understanding of the material. – Janel Cubbage, LCPC

As a Black woman, this seminar spoke to me on so many levels. It was relatable to both my personal and my professional life. This was an amazing experience that I highly recommend to others. – Renée Myrie, LMSW, LPN

Dr. Wayne's personality is so real and authentic. He was warm, welcoming, greeted us each personally and engaged with us in relatable and understandable ways. Not "academic" or "stuffy" as some can be when presenting. – Tiffany Smith, LCSW-C

Dr. Evans is an amazing speaker. His delivery and command of the subject matter “Superwoman Schema in Black Women” was truly life changing for me. The information gained will be shared with others to help restore and transform their lives, as well. – Seritha Evans, MPA

Dr. Evan’s is a phenomenal, engaging educator. He is knowledgeable and fun to listen to. I appreciate the experience he brought and his gift of teaching. I will be looking for his trainings in the future. – Katie Richa, LCPC

Virtual trainings can be hit or miss if the presenter doesn't hold court, but Dr. Evans was fantastic. I was laughing and engaged the entire day. – Joan H.W., LGSW

The presenter [Dr. Evans] was dynamic, engaging and thought provoking. I imagine he's a remarkable therapist. I appreciated how he combined his clinical knowledge with his love of archetypal storytelling to bring about healing with his clients. – Mariangela W., LCPC

Enjoyed the energy, enthusiasm, knowledge that Dr. Evans shared about a complex and potentially transformative therapeutic tool. Thanks for offering this to our community. – Symone C., LCMFT

Dr. Evans' energy was contagious. It was obvious he truly enjoys the topic and is very knowledgeable. The course flew by yet I would have stayed to learn more. – Michele S., LCSW-C, CAC-AD

Dr. Evans was a wonderful and inspirational education and practitioner. His authenticity created a safe space and allowed for an environment that we could really experience our time with him. – Samantha G, LICSW, LCSW